NOC 8221 – Supervisors, mining and quarrying


  • blasters foreman/woman – mining and quarrying
  • blasters foreman/woman – quarrying
  • blasters foreman/woman – surface mining
  • boss, level – underground mining
  • boss, sand fill – underground mining
  • boss, shift – mining and quarrying
  • boss, track layers – underground mining
  • boss, yard – mining and quarrying
  • coal mine foreman/woman
  • construction supervisor – underground mining and quarrying
  • diamond drilling foreman/woman
  • drill fitter boss – mining
  • drill fitter foreman/woman – mining
  • drilling foreman/woman – mining and quarrying
  • dynamiters foreman/woman – quarrying
  • face boss – underground mining
  • fill foreman/woman
  • fill foreman/woman – underground mining
  • fire boss – mining
  • foreman/woman, blasters – quarrying
  • foreman/woman, blasters – surface mining
  • foreman/woman, blasting – mining and quarrying
  • foreman/woman, coal mine
  • foreman/woman, diamond drilling
  • foreman/woman, drilling – mining and quarrying
  • foreman/woman, fill – underground mining
  • foreman/woman, mine
  • foreman/woman, motormen/women and dinkeymen/women (except rail transport)
  • foreman/woman, production – mining and quarrying
  • foreman/woman, quarry
  • foreman/woman, shift – mining and quarrying
  • foreman/woman, shot – mining and quarrying
  • foreman/woman, stope – mining
  • foreman/woman, surface mine
  • foreman/woman, underground mine
  • general foreman/woman – mining
  • junior foreman/woman – mining
  • leader, shift – mining and quarrying
  • level boss – underground mining
  • mine captain
  • mine foreman/woman
  • motormen/women and dinkeymen/women foreman/woman (except rail transport)
  • open pit mine supervisor
  • production foreman/woman – mining and quarrying
  • quarry foreman/woman
  • relieving surface foreman/woman – mining
  • salvage foreman/woman – mining
  • sand fill boss – underground mining
  • senior foreman/woman – mining
  • shift boss – mining and quarrying
  • shift foreman/woman – mining and quarrying
  • shift leader – mining and quarrying
  • shot foreman/woman – mining and quarrying
  • stope foreman/woman – mining
  • supervisor, construction – underground mining and quarrying
  • supervisor, mine
  • supervisor, open pit mine
  • supervisor, quarry
  • supervisor, surface mine
  • supervisor, yard – mining and quarrying
  • supply boss – mining
  • supply foreman/woman – mining
  • surface foreman/woman – mining
  • surface mine foreman/woman
  • track boss – underground mining
  • yard boss – mining and quarrying
  • yard supervisor – mining and quarrying

Job Duties

Supervisors in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of workers who extract coal, minerals and ore; operate underground conveyances; and perform other services in support of underground mining, or of heavy equipment operators, drillers, blasters and other workers in surface mining and quarrying
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and confer with managerial and technical personnel, other departments and contractors to resolve problems and co-ordinate activities
  • Oversee the safety of the mining or quarrying operations
  • Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve productivity
  • Requisition materials and supplies
  • Train workers in job duties, safety procedures and company policies
  • Recommend personnel actions such as hirings and promotions
  • Prepare production and other reports.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of a college or university program in mining technology or engineering may be required for some positions in this group.
  • Several years of experience in the occupations supervised are usually required.
  • Provincial certification as an underground mine supervisor, shift boss, or coal mining supervisor may be required.

Additional Information

  • There is mobility between employers, especially for supervisors with post-secondary diplomas or degrees.
  • Mobility between surface mining, underground mining, coal or metal mining sectors may be limited by differences in production technologies and licensing requirements.


  • Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction (7372)
  • Heavy equipment operators (except crane) (7521)
  • Mine labourers (8614)
  • Mine managers (in 0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing)
  • Underground mine service and support workers (8411)
  • Underground production and development miners (8231)

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